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Square lampshade redo

In my quest to finish my little man’s big boy room, I decided to add a few more projects to the list.  One was a new lamp that was more fitting with the rest of the room.  This idea started when I saw this lamp shade at a thrift store for $3 and a recollection of the 20,000  tutorials to recover a lampshade. Interestingly I never found a tutorial for a square lampshade, so here’s my stab at it!

While I pulled some ideas from a few of them, I followed the tutorial from shanty 2 chic the most.

I started by cutting down a seam and then carefully removing the outside layer of fabric (Keep the liner on). Try to keep the fabric all in one piece as that will be your template for your new fabric.  Good thing I read the tutorial before attempting this, because I’m totally that girl who just rips everything apart and then tries to figure it out later.  You’ll end up with just the lampshade skeleton

Because my lampshade was square, and my fabric didn’t have much give to it.  I ended up cutting 4 pieces and sewing the edges together.  This was different from all the other tutorials I had seen. I added 1/2″ of extra fabric all around my previous fabric template before cutting it out. Then just ran a stitch connecting all 4 sides. I trimmed the excess fabric off about a 1/4″ from the seam to make it less bulky and allow it to look more smooth.

Place the new fabric over your lampshade skeleton. (sorry for the bad lighting.  Some project are done best at midnight!)

I used my cameo to add an acrylic barn red-painted stencil of the number “10” to coordinate with my little man’s decor and vintage car theme. I was afraid that it would have been too hard to paint this once the fabric was on the lampshade, so I chose to do it before.  I don’t know if I would bother doing it that way again.

I placed the new lampshade over the skeleton.  Using E-6000 and clothespins I stretched the fabric, glued with e-6000 and held in place with clothespins.  Oh I should mention that I cut all the corners at a diagonal (essentially cutting the bottom corner off) to make the fold over and gluing much easier and again to make sure it laid smoothly on the lamp shade.  I clipped the top of one side with clothespins to hold it in place, then glued and clipped the bottom.  I did each side then waited a few minutes before moving to the next side.  I did all 4 sides on the bottom of the lamp shade before tackling the top.

To finish it off I added my own DIY bias tape to the top and bottom of the shade using excess fabric cut into strips long enough to wrap around the bottom and top of your shade.  Fold over a side and iron, then fold over the other side iron.  Wrap around the bottom of the shade and use e-6000 to glue on.

This little project inspired me to make my own lamp, and night stand too.  Stay tuned, you might even see little man’s vintage care themed bedroom reveal yet this summer?!

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Clip on Curtains- Big Boy Room phase 3

Still working on some finishing touches for Little Man’s Big Boy Room. You may remember the Barn Board Accent Wall and painting the walls.

Then there was the Big Boy Dresser makeover.

And finally the DIY Spice Rack bookshelves.  Which could be considered the start to phase 3…Big Boy Room Accessories.  But this will be a long phase so I’ll break it up with a few posts before the final room reveal.

I’m finally getting to the point of some finishing touches, and am hoping for the entire room reveal soon.  Today I’ll feature the curtains.  If you notice in the first picture the bright green valance really wasn’t working with the new color scheme.  Keeping with the blues, greys, and reds I opted I picked up some off-white and navy striped fabric on sale at JoAnn’s.  I bought 3 yards but only used about 1 1/2 yards total.  (I also made 3 valances and really only needed 2).  To start I laid out the fabric width-wise.  I wanted the stripes to be vertical so I needed to cut my fabric into equal lengths.  Luckily I have a very large dining room table.  I cute the fabric into 3 strips of 18 inches each.  I was planning on a 15″ curtain which gave me a little flexibility for a 1″ hem on top and bottom.

I added a 5/8″ hem on both sides after cutting. using a standard straight stitch.

The I ironed the entire fabric, pinned and steamed the fold to create the 1″ top and bottom hem.  Since I was planning to use clips, as I had in the past, I didn’t need to create the slot for the curtain rod to slide through.

And now in real-time, in the room and hanging…

The clips were placed 10″ apart with a 1″ overlap for the pleated fold.  The clips are places over the fold and stretched out on the rod so none of the curtain buckles.  The trick, that I kept forgetting about, with the clips is to make sure they are all facing the same direction so you get the curtain to hang properly.

Now, I need to get some wall art done and we should be set for a room reveal 🙂

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Spice rack book shelves {DIY}

There’s been quite a few posts about front facing book shelves.  Little Man’s big boy bedroom makeover (click these links to see phase 1 and phase 2) needed a little less clutter, and yet his books needed to be accessible by him (he’s 2). If you’ve ever read this blog before you know that cheap, trendy and figuring out how to “do-it-myself” is how I roll.

I was intrigued by the $3.99 IKEA spice racks made bookshelves…

…but being that the nearest IKEA is 4 hours away and these are not available for order, I needed to come up with a plan B.

So I showed the husband a picture, gave him some dimensions and about 4 hours later we were painting them red. He made 3 total, one for above the bed and 2 for the corner nook.

The husband has learned that I don’t throw scraps away.  (Yes, I just admitted to dumpster diving).  It proved to be handy as much of this was “scrap” wood that was left over from a previous project, the paint was left over from our “red room.”  So our total budget $0.00. On to some wall art and curtains and you might see a full bedroom reveal before the end of the year 😉

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Home Stories A to Z
Sugar Bee Crafts
Not Just a Housewife

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Big Boy Bedroom {Furniture} – Phase 2

Our little man hit the 2-year-old mark this week, and the countdown towards little miss Bea’s arrival, demanding a timeline on the household projects.  Hence the progression of  little man’s Big Boy Bedroom transformation.  You might remember around Christmas time, we began the process by painting 3 walls and adding barn board to the window wall (See this post for the first phase).  It’s time to transition the changing table/dresser out of little man’s room and into the nursery.  Hence the need for a  $30 Craigslist dresser makeover

The budget was $40 and I was getting anxious… structurally this one would do.  The last owner made a drawer to fit in the bottom slot, I had the husband remove it and turn it into an open cubby area instead.  I have read  a lot about chalk paint.  The less intense prep work (no sanding, priming, sanding, etc) was kind of a selling point for this project.  We don’t have an Annie Sloan dealer near by, so I decided to test some DIY chalk paint recipes instead.  I found this recipe worked quite well…

1 Cup of flat paint
+   1 Tbls. Non Sanded Grout
Chalk Paint for a fun project

(I’ll address the wax later)

Step 1 – create a cubby shelf to replace the bottom drawer.
This was an assignment for the husband.

While he was doing that, I pulled all the drawers and started painting the fronts with a first coat of chalk paint.

As you can see the coverage was pretty thin, but everything adhered really nicely.  It appears the major elbow grease could be avoided for this project (at least so far).

Step 2-3 Paint the body of the dresser
Overall, the paint provided pretty good coverage.  It was really important to keep a stir stick handy as I realized a few times the grout started to settle toward the bottom of the container.  You can see streaks in this picture of where I got a “glob of grout” in the paint.

Just a helpful hint, putting boards under the dresser props it up enough to get the bottom good, and underneath any parts that might be too close to manuever a brush! Step 3 and 4 are repeating the paint job to provide optimal coverage.  I used a pretty heavy 2nd coat and almost a dry brush touch up on coat three.

Step 4 – Sand for distressed look
Using a 600 grit sand paper (Super-fine) I gave it a little character around the edges and helped smooth the overall texture of the paint.  I found that the little bit of sanding really was enough to take the sharpness off.  I actually ended up paint a few places to “fix” the over sanding I did.

Step 5 – Touch up and dry brush
Back to the paint brush, I simply touched up paint spot that I was a bit over zealous in sanding, or wanted to create even more character with a dry brush stroke around the edges.

Step 6 – Wait patiently while everything dries properly

Step 7 – Add Stencil to drawer fronts
I wanted to add some color and character to this dresser so I created number stencils the old-fashioned way (because this was an after thought and my silhouette was resting nicely at home, not the husband’s shop).  I also forgot the camera on day 2 so here’s an after-after picture to show you just how imperfect these numbers were (and a close up of the sanded distress job).

Step 8 – Wax finish
Here’s where the elbow grease comes in a little more.  Wax-on everything painted.  Five minutes later Wax-off.  Again we did 2 coats to get a little thicker finish.  It added just  a finish needed to talk the chalkiness out of the feel of the paint.  I felt it also help protect it a little more from dings and scratch.  A sure future for a piece of furniture in a toddler’s room.

Step 9 – Replace the Hardware
Much like the rest of the hardware in our house, we went with a brushed nickel look.  I was able to buy the handles in bulk ($18 for 10) and the matching knobs at Menard’s.

Step 10 – Fill the drawers and enjoy

All in all it took about 12 hours start to finish.  A few minor details that I’ll mention right away.  The paint colors are both Behr from Home Depot.  Mood Indigo is the blue and Vatican Red.  Super fine sand paper is a must! DIY Chalk paint was worth the trial for this project.  I wouldn’t be opposed to other ideas, but under the timeline and my lack of resources, it worked for this 🙂

Stay tuned. Eventually, you might even see phases 3, 4 and 5 (imagine a big boy room with wall art, book shelves and entire room reveal).  Never know, I might add some girly love and throw in a  glimpse of the nursery 😉

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Little Man’s Room gets a big boy makeover- Step 1

This is just the beginning process, but I’m so excited I can’t wait for a full room reveal.

My little man’s room was pretty neutral as a nursery, but as we are preparing for the arrival of number 2 we thought we’d change things up a bit.  Here was the nursery prior to his arrival in 2010.

Pretty simple. Striped off-white walls with pops of color.  Some home-made wall art, curtains and the dresser/changing table my husband made was about all the personality we added to the room.  For my son’s baptism his uber amazing godmother got him this “100 Wishes” quilt.

I am using this quilt to inspire the color and feel to the big boy atmosphere, in addition to a pseudo-headboard (minus the board).  So, we selected a steel-blue to paint 3 of the walls (similar to the blue border closest to the words, framed by the orange). Here’s a glimpse of the painted wall color (Please accept my apology for the lack of staging in this post, quickly stole pictures during daylight and between nap times)

Okay- nice, but to me just painting is boring. My most FAVORITE part is what we did to the window wall.  I’m sure you’ve seen an abundance of old wood re-used for various purposes.  Well, it turns out my dad had some available barn boards from a shed that he was remodeling…are the wheels churning?!?!

You got it.  We took out all the old nails and sided the window wall with old barn boards.  I was going to wax the boards to make them more smooth but it took too much texture and color out of the wood.  Instead my husband just took a rag wiped it down to get all the big snaggy-pieces off (of course snaggy-pieces is a word), and then went over some rough spots with a REALLY fine sandpaper. We put them in my husband’s shop for about a week to make sure they were completely dried out (preventing mold & mildew between the boards and wall is kind of important).  In terms of tools and supplies we used: 6 – 8ft barn boards (1 x 6), air compressor, nail gun, finishing nails, saw (compound miter saw), level, tape measure, hammer, step stool pencil and paper. He started by attaching a full board to the biggest space on the wall.  Since the dimensions of the wall are about 12′ wide by 9′ high and includes a large window, he only used one full board on the wall.


After that it was just a matter of measuring, cutting and nailing them to the wall.  He used a nail gun and finishing nails so you can’t even see the nails, unless you know to look for them.  Truthfully, the most time consuming part was cutting the boards to the perfect size to fit all the puzzle pieces together. The trickiest part was preventing the boards from splitting when cutting them to fit.  The wood is old and dried, which can lead to some challenges…so plan to have extra boards available.

Another consideration was the pattern that he created.  While he could have put all boards of equal size on either side of the window, I wanted some variety in the layout.   He cut several small pieces from different boards so the color and texture wasn’t the same throughout the wall.   You might notice the variety in color from greys to reds in this next picture.  You’ll also see the intentional seams he created to add some variety to the overall pattern.  What you probably can’t see from these pictures, are that the barn boards are the same thickness as our white trim, so the wall is now flush with the trim.


Even my little man got in on the fun!  (No worries all safety features were on and the air compressor was disconnected making it impossible for him to accidentally shoot any nails- I checked 37 times).

There is so much more coming- stay tuned.  In the meantime, don’t mind me while I stop and stare at the wall every moment and smile.  Exactly the look I wanted…Exactly 🙂

I know this isn’t as detailed as my usual tutorials, but feel free to ask questions. I’d be more than willing to elaborate if you need more information!

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Lovely Crafty Home
Miss Mustard Seed
Funky Junk Interiors
Sisters of the Wild West

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